Rancocas Valley’s Micah Wood of Monmouth led a 1-3-4 South Jersey finish at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 400-meter hurdles Sunday afternoon.
Wood won the race in a PR 52.91, Willingboro graduate Jayaire King of St. Peter’s in Jersey City was third in 54.01 and Monmouth’s Daniel Fenton of Millville was fourth in 54.26.
Wood, a freshman, broke his PR of 53.14 set two weeks ago in a meet at Rowan University in Glassboro. Before that he lowered his PR from a 55.49 in high school to 53.78 in a meet at Lafayette in March and then 53.71 in a meet at Monmouth last month.
His time is No. 8 in Monmouth history and only 33-100ths of a second off the school’s freshman record of 52.58 set by Chris Rutherford at the 2009 Northeast Conference Championships in West Long Branch.
Wood is the first Monmouth runner from South Jersey to win a conference title in the intermediates since Shawnee graduate Jim Angermeier ran 53.86 to win the Northeast Conference 400IH in 1997.
Wood’s PR of 55.49 at Rancocas Valley came from the 2019 state Group 4 meet at Franklin High School, where he placed fifth.
King shattered his PR of 54.72 that he ran for Willingboro in the spring of 2019 at the South Jersey Invitational at Delsea. His collegiate best was a 54.77 from a meet in Newark in March.
Strangely, the St. Peter’s web site men’s track and field records page does not list a record for the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, so no idea whether King holds it or if not how close he is.
Fenton ran 54.26, just off his PR of 54.04 from a meet at Rider last month. His best time at Millville was 55.17.
In Saturday’s qualifying heats, Wood led all qualifiers at 54.53, Fenton ran 55.50 and King 55.94.